The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Friday they signed Ryan Fitzpatrick as a backup to quarterback Jameis Winston. The Bucs needed a backup after Mike Glennon signed with the Chicago Bears earlier this offseason; the other three quarterbacks on their roster — Ryan Griffin, Sean Renfree and rookie Sefo Liufau — have thrown a combined seven NFL passes, all by Renfree in 2015.
Fitzpatrick, meanwhile, has thrown NFL passes for just about everyone over his 12-year NFL career.
Ryan Fitzpatrick can be the 6th QB to throw a pass for 7 NFL teams:
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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Fitzpatrick’s deal is for one year and $3 million.
Forced into something of an arranged marriage with the New York Jets last year, Fitzpatrick started 11 games and was mostly terrible, at one point throwing nine interceptions over a two-game stretch. He was benched twice. For comparison’s sake, free agent Colin Kaepernick has thrown nine interceptions over the last two seasons combined.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported later Friday that the Bucs didn’t even consider signing Kaepernick, even though he put up better numbers than Fitzpatrick last season while playing for a similarly bad team. Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III are seen as the top free agent quarterbacks on the market, and Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week that he has given some thought to signing one of them.
In other Kaepernick news, USA Today’s Jarrett Bell reported Friday that items relating to the former 49ers quarterback have been donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History by Harry Edwards, the renowned sociologist who also has long served as a 49ers adviser. Edwards told Bell that he donated the items late last year, after Kaepernick had begun his national anthem protests.
“I said, ‘Don’t wait 50 years to try to get some memorabilia and so forth on Kaepernick,’ ” Edwards said. “ ‘Let me give you a game jersey, some shoes, a picture. … And it should be put right there alongside Muhammad Ali. He’s this generation’s Ali.’ ”
A museum curator told Bell that he expects the Kaepernick items to be rotated into exhibits in one to two years.